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K-1 Announces Full May 27th Fight Card, Badr Hari vs. Anderson Silva

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It was only a matter of time before K-1 finalized their May 27th fight card, and now they've done just that. On top of the MAX line-up which was announced earlier on Friday, additional Superfights were announced late Friday evening via press release. A big question is the inclusion of Mosab Amrani vs. Zeben Diaz and how both men seem like a better fit than a fighter like Gago Drago who has fallen on tough times of late and might not belong in the K-1 World MAX Grand Prix. The big fights are at Heavyweight and are worth marveling at. The additional fights are as follows:

Superfight: Mosab Amrani vs. Zeben Diaz

Heavyweight: Badr Hari vs. Anderson "Braddock" Silva

Heavyweight: Mirko Cro Cop vs. Loren Javier Jorge

Heavyweight: Daniel Ghita vs. Paul Slowinski

Heavyweight: Rico Verhoeven vs. Sergei Laschenko

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K-1 Announces Fights For MAX Final 16 May 27

Today K-1 sent out a press release in Japanese that contained most of the fights for May 27 in Madrid, Spain. The card features the 70kg Final 16 along with a few heavyweight fights. Interestingly enough, the additional four fighters to the 12 K-1 announced not too long ago are Reese McCallister, Murthel Groenhart, Xu Yan and Andy Ristie. The fights announced are as follows:

Mike Zambidis vs. Chahid Oulad El Hadj

Andy Souwer vs. Abraham Roqueni

Artur Kyshenko vs. Su Hwan Lee

Xu Yan vs. Yasuhiro Kido

Gago Drago vs. Andy Ristie

Yuji Nashiro vs. Reese McCallister

Harut Grigorian vs. Murthel Groenhart

Longern Superpro Samui vs. Chris Ngimbi

Heavyweight fights haven't been announced yet but will feature Rico Verhoeven, Badr Hari, Sergei Lascenko, Mirko Cro Cop, Anderson "Braddock" Silva, Daniel Ghita, Paul Slowinski and Loren Javier Jorge.

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K-1 Issues a Press Release: Badr Hari is Back

We could have already told you this, but everything is official now; Badr Hari is returning to K-1. K-1 Global issued a press release via BusinessWire this morning that Badr Hari is training with Naazim Richardson for Boxing, yes, but that K-1 made him an offer that he could not refuse. Badr will continue pushing forward in his Boxing career, as he believes he'll be a world champion within three years, but he wants to have one more shot at the K-1 World Grand Prix.

Badr Hari's first fight under the K-1 Global banner is slated to be on May 27th, the press release states, in a qualifying bout which will be announced shortly. They plan on Badr fighting for them in October in the Final 16 and hopefully in December in New York for the Final 8. [source]

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Signs Point to Badr Hari Returning to K-1

I feel like we have reached critical mass for the rumor of Badr Hari making his K-1 return. Ever since Badr Hari was talking about retirement, I've been telling people that for the right price and the right opportunity, Badr Hari would kickbox again. I strongly felt that it would be under the K-1 banner as there is a certain level of prestige that comes along with fighting for K-1, even if the company is presenting itself as a whole new company. To top it off, the money that is on the table for the K-1 World Grand Prix is a huge $1 million USD. That is a lot of money.

Over the past few weeks we've been getting a lot of reports on the goings on of Badr Hari, but felt like out of respect to some of our sources, we'd hold off. The reports have been interesting, to say the least. Reports are coming from New York from the last few weeks that not only was Badr Hari in town and working on his hands, he was working on his knees and kicks as well. We've heard from enough excited New Yorkers who've seen Badr Hari around or kicking the pads to know this isn't made up. Then there was talk of Badr Hari being back at Mike's Gym and training as well.

Now the rumor is circulating that Badr Hari has signed a new contract with It's Showtime which would place him in the K-1 field. Remember, for right now, this is a rumor, but one which we believe will materialize in short order.

UPDATE: Bloodstain Lane confirmed with Mike Passenier this morning, this is 100% true.

UPDATE 4/17: Lane retracted, saying he misunderstood Passenier. LiverKick stands by the evidence gathered that no matter what, it points to Badr Hari's return.

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